Saturday, December 30, 2006

The new New Frontiers

Formerly Stellamaris, The New Frontiers is touring with Manchester Orchestra. This will be their first Dallas show as a signed band. They and Red Monroe hit Sons o' Hermann January 12th.

more from the mouth of Method:

From: Method Entertainment
Subject: Friday Night Live (January 12th)
2006 was not a bad year for Method Entertainment. We put a couple of artists on a plane for a small tour in England. Created a successful 2 month weekly series at Club Dada called "Tribute Wednesdays". As well a monthly series called "Friday Night Live" at Sons Of Hermann Hall. 2007 is here and we have plenty of great events coming your way for your live music itch.
We are very proud to announce our first Friday Night Live event for this year. You will not be disappointed.
Formerly Stellamaris, The New Frontiers have been creating a serious buzz in the past few months. Since their release of The City Turns Everything Electric, in February of 2005. They have been hitting the road hard in the southern regions of the US. As a result, they have recently signed with an indie label called, The Militia Group. Which houses other great acts such as The Umbrellas and Manchester Orchestra.
Atlanta based Manchester Orchestra released their debut album, I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child in 2006. Sending them on their way to be involved with prestigious music festivals such as, Lollapalooza and SXSW. Paste Magazine has also coined them as the band to watch for. They are currently on tour with The New Frontiers.
Red Monroe has accomplished more in 2006 than some of the well known local acts have in the past 5 - 10 years. These local boys have been placed on the nominating ballot for Best Alternative Album in the 2007 Grammys. Were chosen to be on the CMJ compilation CD. Were mentioned in SPIN Magazine and have released a very successful self titled album that has the media, bloggers and press wanting more.
The Quiet Company boys from Austin have been a favorite amongst local bands such as, The New Frontiers and Comrade. We here at Method Entertainment enjoy these guys so much we decided to share them with everyone in Dallas.
Tuesdays Debut is a 4 piece band out of Lake Charles, LA. They have been compared to such acts as Copeland, Minus the Bear, Ryan Adams and Dredg. With such a wide range of comparisons, its hard not to be somewhat intrigued by their rather enigmatic sound. They have recently released, Raise your Glass; We Are Armed and Jealous. Which is getting airplay on 17 stations across the US. We are happy to have them join the bill

Here is the Best Indie Line Up In Dallas for the Month of January!!!
Method Entertainment Presents:
"Friday Night Live"
Where: Sons Of Hermann Hall (3414 Elm @ Exposition)
Cover: $8 - $10
Doors: 8:00 PM
Show: 9:00 PM
11:00 - Red Monroe
We would like to thank you for support in the past, present and future. Our goal is to contribute to the rebuilding of Deep Ellum... One show at a time.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Denton Don't Dance

gratuitous Clint Piper photo opportunity

The Lord Henry
Millicent Friendly

be unDentonite. don't miss out.

Black and white and danced all over

You live in FW. You've been invited to hundreds of parties for NYE. You are far too hip for all of them. Where to go to be seen? Problem solved.

Now, go get pretty. Go on, you have only two days to shop. Find something glittery.

I loves Miss Cindy

and it's mutual. so sweet of her...
The Fine Line's Fav People
and she even picked a photo of me that I actually like.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Run, Sara, run!

Sara Radle @ Barley 06.05.05 015, photo by Lindsay Graham.

The lovely Sara Radle sent this. A little support for her cause, please...

This February, I will be running the Pacific Shoreline Half
Marathon... my first ever! Through this half-marathon, I'm
fundraising for Free Wheelchair Mission - an international non-profit
organization dedicated to providing the transforming gift of mobility
to the physically disabled poor in developing countries.

I am currently welcoming sponsors online through the following website:

You can make a donation by clicking one of the links next to the
picture on my page,

Thank you in advance for any support you can give!

$5 NYE? the only party cheaper would be staying home to watch Radiant!

Sunday - New Year's Eve - 2006 - Poor David's Pub - Carnivale!
Jayson Bales & The Revival
Blackheart Society
Art Show/Gallery with local artists*
Free Food, Free Champagne, and a view of the Dallas skyline
$15 cover or $25 per couple (easily the best deal in town)
Tickets onsale now at Frontgate Tickets
LOCAL MUSICIANS only $5 cover - email for reservations
Poor David's Pub is at 1313 S. Lamar down from Gilley's and across the street from
nationally acclaimed Amuse restaurant. (a great place to eat a gourmet meal before the show)
Club Doors at 8pm.

* I will have framed photos and prints for sale. Some Jayson Bales, some Blackheart Society, more of my favorites. Framed art $50, signed prints $25, prints $10.

Radiant* breakthrough? Finally!

My TiVO tells me this will air on 1/2 on Channel 8 on Jimmy Kimmel.
UPDATE: This will air 1/16 at 12am.

The info's sketchy, so better check that.

If you've at all delved into what I've written, you know how much I love Radiant*. I blame Levi Smith for getting me started on blogging and photographing the music scene. It is absolutely all his fault. And I couldn't be happier about that on most days. Radiant* showed me that good bands aren't necessarily on the radio (especally in Dallas) and that my favorite CD could be of undiscovered songs. I always thought that would change rather quickly for Levi, Dragan, Daniel, and now Jesse (still miss seeing Jon up there), but it didn't. They slogged out another two years still relatively unknown. It's not likely that only one appearance will catapult them to the big time, but geez, NYE on Jimmy Kimmel? That's not a bad way to try!

So, here's wishing my fav local band "Good Luck." I hope they will no longer be my fav LOCAL band, but a national headliner, as I've long thought they deserved. I'm hoping that someone will have Jimmy Kimmel on at Poor David's Pub on NYE.



Pontiac unveiled details for the brand's biggest music promotion ever - a nationwide musical talent search and contest. The promotion, "Countdown to 1" gave one unsigned band the opportunity to compete for the ultimate prize: the chance to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live and play on the Pontiac Garage Stage in New York's Times Square during the annual New Year's Eve celebration, where traditionally only the biggest bands have performed. Guess what… Radiant WON!!! Radiant was chosen by a panel of judges from Pontiac and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Radiant won the breakthrough booking of a lifetime - the chance to open for POD and My Chemical Romance in Times Square on New Year's Eve in front of a million people, as well as an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The performance will air on major networks across the Globe, not to mention every Jumbo Tron in Times Square on New Year's Eve.

As a bonus, Radiant is being followed by a camera crew from Dallas to NYC for a period of 6 days for a later spot that will air on Jimmy Kimmel Live the week of January 7th (TBA). During this time they will be recording in the famous Electric Lady Studios where Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and many more have recorded. Radiant will also make appearances on the National CBS Morning show Saturday December 30th, 2006 and Fox and Friends Morning show (TBA).

For More Information:

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

John Dufilho - My Circuits Are Blown

More greatness of 2006

Best of 2006 ... in so many ways. Happy New Year!

Lots of these songs I've been listening to for longer than 2006, so this is more a retrospective of "oh, yeah, that was finally released!" 2006 was definitely the year of the demo for me, as I had to look up most of the actual album titles for these.

My "most listened to" according to my iPod of 2006…

"Roscoe" Midlake The Trials Of Van Occupanther
I first heard "Roscoe" piled into Eric Pullido's little Mini, in the heat of July, sweating it with McK and the other Eric. I loved it from the first listen, and even bootlegged a copy with my iPod mic. It was an awful recording, but I still listened to it often as I waited for the final album to be released. Van Occupanther was worth the wait, and this song, or this album, is on everyone's Best of '06.

"Flowerparts" Bob Schneider Texas Music 2006 (The Californian)
Yup, I hightailed it to Wendy's when I heard they were giving away a CD of Texas music with a giant Dr. Pepper. The Hourly Radio's "Deaf Ears" is on it as well, and also should make my Best of 2006 list, but I heard that so often in 2005, it's a bit past prime for me. Burden Brothers, Rhett Miller, Sorta, Patrice Pike, and The Rocket Summer were also on the CD, so why didn't they just go ahead and call it "Dallas Music (and a Bit of the Rest of Texas) 2006"?

"We're All Going to Hell" Here, In Arms Soon We'll All Be Scattered
Brent Engle's producer sent me these demos back in August. I had to check that they had actually been released because I hadn't heard much of them. Why? Who knows? Let'hope that "marketing" isn't a dirty word to him and that Here in Arms gets on it a bit, soon.

"I Wonder Where You Are Tonight" Jayson Bales Cruel & Unusual
He wrote this in his car, on his Blackberry, between three stoplights. Or so he says. Bales is a legend of his own making, but I'm more than happy to contribute to the aura behind this guy. One day, we're gonna realize we "knew him when" and then be amazed that such a talent is in our midst. That, and he buys drinks. Love him!

"Nothing Left To Say" Sorta Strange And Sad But True
I gots lots to say about Sorta and Trey Johnson and it's all good. "All Good" - get it? LOL, local humor... Starting from the artwork on the cover and in the CD, this is a great album. Like the Midlake album, this recent Sorta album is a maturation of the band. Little Bay was good, but not this good.

"One Day At A Time" Johnny Lloyd Rollins Let's Be Poor Together
JLR's unique style, a fusion of classic pop and indie styling is simple, beautiful and enduring. He's another artist that is hard to believe is from Dallas. Our music scene produces such differing styles from Baboon to Midlake to Johnny; while Seattle in the 90's may have had Grunge, Dallas in the Aughties has more than just a sound name will cover.

"Loss of Love Says Hi" The Lord Henry Zoo Palace
The Lord Henry is known more for dance rock than introspective melodies, but the switch in producers midway through Zoo Palace changed the character of their first LP. "Loss" and my most-overplayed song I got in 2005, the lovely Beatles-esque "Jilina" are my favs on the 2006 CD. Clinton Piper will never be confused with John Lennon, but he certainly has more depth of soul than Julian Casablancas.

"Peppermint + Bitterness" Lousy Robot Smile Like You're Somewhere Else
I love Lousy! Lousy Robot. I've declared 2007 "the Year of the Robot." Watch these guys; Dandee, their dandy hubba-bubba-Indie-adorable bassist is the bearded dude strolling through the Albuquerque snow in the I Love Math video. Why is a bassist from a New Mexican band in a John Dufilho song's video? Because Lousy Robot is produced and engineered by Dufilho and Salim Nourallah. Does that mean that there's a video from Beautiful Noise and Jim Phillips somewhere on YouTube? I really, really hope so!

"Blue Mountain Air" Red Monroe Red Monroe
Red Monroe finally, finally stopped debating over which U2 album they liked best and struck out and made their own sound. If there has to be an Arcade Fire reference in some of their reviews, Walter Riley (a good friend of the band) and I know why. Now, when "Wilmington" actually makes it on an album - can the next one be a live acoustic?! - then, then I will be in heaven.

"Any Given Saturday" Spitfire Tumbleweeds King James Version
My fav Denton man, Scott Porter, is in this band. No, Scott Porter sings (growls, hoots, deep bass voice knocks your socks off) in this band. "Nuff said.

"Mason Jar" Zapruder Sequence Pretty Girl Charm Lies
Jordan Munn, the Binford boys, and the irrepressible Michael Karnowski make up the new Old 97s. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Rhett and Ken and those boys ought to be mighty proud. Zapruder is just plain good fun and great music. Though the band is splitting itself between Atlanta and Dallas right now, Pretty Girl Charm Lies has plenty to fill the gap.

"Josephine Street" I Love Math Getting to the Point is Beside It
So pretty, so John Dufilho, "Josephine" is my vote for the best of the Best of 2006.

The few songs I can't include here, because they will be released in 2007, that are coming down the pipe from Pleasantry Lane, BPL, Purple Pear, and Luminous Sound will make 2006 go on record as an exceptionally productive year. Next year, our listening will be brilliant!

How I spent my day after Xmas 2006

I have to say I had a very restful day after Christmas this year. I skipped out on cleaning up all the wrappings and leftovers and sauntered on over to a spa they like to call a "hospital." It's really quite the misnomer. I snuck out before the light of dawn and checked myself into this lovely place in Uptown. They gave me a pretty little gown (how quaint; it ties in the back. very nuevo!) then wrapped me up in warm blankets, let me sleep for hours and sent me home all wrapped up, with excellent drugs to boot (those haven't quite worn off yet). Here's a pic of their good work. The docter and nurses ("spa healers" I'd like to call them) were nice enough to fix up the bad work a distracted driver did to me this summer. They say that I will walk again someday. For now, I'll milk it for all it's worth. "Honey, more coffee, please!"

Please notice the "No" on the other leg.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Black Tie Billboard for the holidays

Black Tie Dynasty accomplished a major feat last week when 2 singles made the Billboard Magazine Hot 100 singles chart at the same time.

"I Like U" at #38
"Tender" at #76

Both songs along with their new Christmas song “Christmas Time” are currently in rotation at radio stations across the country, the band just wrapped up their East Coast / Mid West tour and rocked a sold out crowd last week at the KDGE Christmas Concert at Nokia Theater.

(Yes, it's news from Idol Records, and I'm thrilled, so I'm posting it!)

Friday, December 22, 2006

Hallelujah, manna from heaven!

What an amazing show. Go! Go!

This is the ultimate indie rock Christmas gift, from them to us.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Lousy video

Lousy Robot - The Mile Low Club

Lousy Robot is trying to get on TV. They will be on TV. If you vote for the video, they get to stay on TV. It's a bit dark for the computer screen, but it's minimal and cool. Check it and vote for it. The Robots thank you.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

It's not nearly over....

Still going strong, five bands in, there's still more to come. Though good things are happening in Dallas, there's still time to com eup to Hailey's and see Starlight Mints, Pleasant Grove, and more...

A Spune Christmas...

More photos very very soon.


And now the show is done, so click the Flash Flickr badge in the sidebar to see all the photos from the Spune Christmas of 2006. Merry, merry.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Spune-ing for Xmas

Today... 12/7... Denton... Hailey's... 4pm
Red Monroe
Record Hop
Pleasant Grove
Starlight Mints
and more...

Red Monroe almost won a Grammy (nomination), that's good enough to show up early in Denton.
Your holiday season begins today.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

May SQH's days be merry and BRIGHT!

And now I'm reposting things from other people's blog comments, and that's just plain sad. But this is worth knowing, and worth contributing to, so hop on by the Secret Headquarters Denton MySpace and make 'em merry and warm. And the CD they are offering is worth a PayPal dime or two. (I think they mean Denton "Cohesion" despite their typing dyslexia.)


Hey, here's a message from Secret Headquarters in Denton that is, like, TOTALLY on topic!

Yes, YOU can be a hero. You know how we at SHQ are in the habit of opening our doors three times a week to you for FREE so you can have fun and act weird? Well, it turns out the electric company doesn't take "being laid back" as payment.

It would be VERY kind of you, and we would appreciate you so much, if you could swing by our myspace to donate a buck or five or twenty. There's a paypal link on the LEFT of the main page. Seriously. It's not hard, and it would help an artistic community kep providing you with CHEAP/FREE entertainment and "stuff".

Please check out our calender while you are over there. We have some CRAZY good shows coming up.

BONUS: If you donate today, we'll give you a FREE Denton Chesion Holiday CD featuring both the profane and sacred sounds of jetscreamer, shiny around the edges, pinebox serenade and PLENTY of others...

So... Thanks! and remember... I'm actually sort of begging here, because they's gonna turn our shit OFF!!!!!!!!!

Love you,

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

5 posts about last weekend: #1 ArtCon2 setup

ArtCon2 120106 003
Originally uploaded by Kate Mackley.

1. Thursday... Art Conspiracy 2 setup
8:30am and it's sleeting and wintry and I'm not yet awake, and White Rock Coffee has the best pumpkin spice latte in Dallas. Driving past SouthSide Lamar, under dripping bridges into unknown territory, I haul shopping bags of sticky magnets, scissors, and giant contact sheets of photos into the barn of the unheated Longhorn Ballroom. ugh. There's a reason I'm no longer a Northerner, and it's winter. I shiver uncontrollably when it's below fifty out; below 30 is misery. Below 30 and raining? ugh. But seriously, the roads were fine. I'm enough of a Yankee not to be able to bitch about a few icy potholes. My latte and stuff in place, I got to cutting and cutting and cutting my photo collage together. Thanks to Erica Felicella's girl scout preparedness with materials, I actually finished my piece in close to the allotted three hours. OK, it took five, but I chatted some. To warm up. (D- your Creative Memories comments were little appreciated.) Frank Campagna was in and out in twenty minutes (ugh. I'm freezing here!); Jayme Nourallah sitting on cold, bare concrete was dedication in action; Sarah Jane ran about mumbling about breakers, and Erica, Cari, Andrea, and Jason were flitting, getting it all in order and to keep warm, I'm sure. By 1pm, the organizers no longer outnumbered the artists, and I left with the uncomfortable feeling I could have made my piece better, or at least differently. I have lots of ideas for next year, anyway. I couldn't have cut another square; the blisters would have bled.

5 posts about last weekend: #2 ArtCon2 event

ArtCon2 120106 070
Originally uploaded by Kate Mackley.

2. Friday... ArtCon show
The Longhorn Ballroom's not hard to find. Head past the warehouses and train tracks on Industrial and look for a 50-foot fiberglass bull, with horns long enough to skewer a semi. The U-Haul demolished entry hauled away, it was easier to figure out where in the Disney-land Country kitsch fa├žade of the Ballroom was the entrance to ArtCon. That and all the seriously out-of-place hipsters filing in the door. Wagon wheels and magenta hair just don't mesh.
The room is giant, football-field big. My piece wasn't where I left it, and thankfully it had sold before I even arrived. I wouldn't have done well watching the auction. Thank you Andrea, for buying it. It's so cool that it'll hang in the house of a friend. That keeps it within "the family", which is the pervading feeling of ArtCon… a family of the Dallas art community. The art ran the gamut of student and amateur (um, that's me) produced to the polished professional of artists such as Cabe Booth, Jennifer Morgan, and Jeff Stachowski. Bids may begin at $20, but the art is far more valuable than that, both in materials and in sentiment. That Art Conspiracy raised only $9000 proves that it ain't about the money, though all of that goes directly back to the art community supporting the event in sponsorship of La Reunion. A friend took a good long look around the room and said, "I had no idea. No idea that there were so many creative people in Dallas." Join the family.

More Art Conspiracy 1 & 2 photos here.

5 posts about last weekend: #3: The Chem Set and Valentines at Sons

3. Friday later... The Cavern
ArtCon finished early, around 11pm after the pinnacle of Salim Nourallah's set. I was going to head out early, but the thought of missing The Polaroids – Salim's all-star team of Daniel Hopkins, Chris Holt, Eric Neal, and Chris Carmicheal – would have been a crime. They don't get to play together that often, considering how many musical projects the players work in separately.
But after the great show I wasn't ready for bed, and at 11pm, it was late to head over to Barley to see Jayson Bales (I think my penchant for his non-twanging roots is abundantly clear) and the Transcenders, so I managed to get thoroughly lost in downtown and just barely make The Chemistry Set's set at The Cavern. Plus The Valentines were playing, and I'd been a fan of that band since their interview killed Not actually because they ended Robert and Lindsay's drunken opining; I love any band with that much energy and talent. I'm dying for a Valentines CD, but after a break-in at their Houston producer's studio (serves you damned right for recording in Houston: two words... "Stuart" "Sikes"… I have other words if those don't fit… call me) and the loss of the masters, I guess I have to wait a bit longer. Their merch table was conspicuously empty at The Cavern.

So, Chem Set and Valentines; John Solis at Method Entertainment is a booker I can happily support. Solis has got an ear for talent. Method, Callithump, Listening To:, the stellar Spune … we have it good in Dallas… great people putting on great shows. The Chemistry Set blow me away each time I see them, they are solid, and when they get pushed a little, such as with a crowd-required encore on Friday night, Stephen Duncan goes ballistic on his guitar and gets his rawk on.

More Chem Set photos here.
More Valentines photos here.

5 posts about last weekend: #4 Tony Bones benefit at Kettle

4. Saturday... Tony Bones benefit show at Kettle Arts
So, you know a kid, and he's a little unruly at school, drawing all over the desks and stuff, then he gets to be a rebellious teenager and he's tagging walls and doors with his alias and some stick-figures. What's a good Dallasite to do? Throw him in jail! Ban him from leaving the city! (huh? OK, that punishment makes zero sense to me… you're a miscreant, therefore we don't want you to leave. Uh, all riiiighttt…) DPS catches the thug in a city-wide round-up and then slaps community service on him! Good for you: go make him beautify something, by painting it with his art! What? Well, despite Dallas' well-meaning but contradictory justice system, Tony Bones is a semi-free man today. And we're so glad of it. I love that he can't leave. Please stay. I have a wall on my house you can "tag", in fact, you're welcome to my fridge, garage door, sidewalk, whatever. Please, please. And thanks… especially to your mom, for buying my photo. That made my night (week, month).

More photos here.

5 posts about last weekend: #5 Reunion Tower Review at Sons

5. Saturday later... Reunion Tower Review.
Two art pieces sold in two days and I was walking on air, trying to get to Sons of Hermann Hall (read more about Sons here) before the night of the musicians I've affectionately tagged "the Barley crowd" is over. Why Barley? Because on any given night – weeknight, weekend, holiday, afternoon, just kidding – you can find at least one of them hanging the Barley House if they aren't actually playing a set there. Carter Albrecht, Salim Nourallah, Jen Nabb, Trey Johnson, Chris Holt, Don Cento, Danny Balis, Solly, Peter Schmidt, Kim Pendleton, the Shibboleth guys and an amazing bluesman Bobby Patterson play Sons in a musical songswap/cover greatness show. Chris Holt and Jen Nabb cover Meatloaf in the best of the night; man, that was brilliant. I missed the earlier Shibboleth goodness that Robert Wilonsky raves about… and posts. Hal Samples took photos. Other friends hang. Lovely, lovely and I just soaked in it all. I love the music scene… look in the sidebar of this blog for the photos. It's good to be here, with friends.

More photos here.

Monday, December 04, 2006


Yes, it's a repost from the Zac Crain for Mayor MySpace, BUT this double CD is worth noting because it's so amazingly great. There aren't adjectives enough to gush about it. When we can buy it, I'll link to it again, but for right now, we just have to chomp at the bit and wait.


ZfM Benefit CD coming soon! Plus: December happenings

With any luck, we'll have the Zac Crain for Mayor benefit CD in stores and online by the end of the month. It will truly be a win-win for all involved -- you get 32 great tracks for a reasonable price; I get some financial support as I take on a heaping handful of candidates with pockets deeper than Barry White's voice.

To whet your appetite, here is the approximate track list. Might be a mistake or two as far as the sequence.

Disc 1
1. Fishboy, "The Ballad of Zac Crain"
2. The Crash That Took Me, "Julianne" (this is Dylan Silvers and Beau Wagener from [DARYL] plus others.)
3. Philip E. Karnats, "When the Stereo Broke Its Back"
4. Pleasant Grove, "Luzern"
5. Centro-matic, "Atlanta"
6. The Paper Chase, "Oh! The Horror! The Horror!"
7. Pikahsso, "God for a Day"
8. Shanghai 5, "Love is a Racket"
9. Here, In Arms, "Darling"
10. Smile Smile, "Taking its Toll"
11. Sorta, "Grown Man"
12. I Love Math, "These Paper Walls"
13. The Dutch Treats, "My Bionic Hand"
14. Dove Hunter, "What Turns Inside"
15. Red Monroe, "Our Love"
16. Tim DeLaughter, "Winter Wonder Slumber" (aka "of the Polyphonic Spree")

Disc 2
1. Shibboleth, "Pokky Pokky"
2. Ben Kweller, "Magic"
3. American Werewolf Academy, "Summer Ship"
4. Rhett Miller, "She Loves the Sunset"
5. Voot Cha Index, "Japan"
6. J.D. Whittenburg, "The Secrets That I Keep"
7. Radiant*, "That Girl"
8. Salim Nourallah, "It's My Dream"
9. Hydroponic Sound System, "Lone Star Uprising"
10. John Dufilho with Robert Schneider (of Apples in Stereo), "I'm Jinxed"
11. Saboteur, "Bitchin' Into Oblivion"
12. Pilotdrift, " know the world is wonderful" (ooooo ... new Pilotdrift!)
13. Olospo, "You Deserve Better"
14. Rose County Fair, "Midnight on the M Streets"
15. Hardin Sweaty and the Ready to Go, "The Fall"
16. Dave Little, "Zac Crain Ain't No Laura Miller"

We're hoping to have them ready for the benefit gig at Club Dada on December 30, a bill that features Sorta, The Crash That Took Me, an acoustic set from The Paper Chase, and Hardin Sweaty and the Ready to Go. Be on the lookout for an advance preview of selected tracks from the disc in the extremely near future. (this is a FUN bill. Forget New Years Eve - go to this!)

For more December happenings, go here. And, as always, remember to vote on May 12, 2007.